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CAMP FACTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD


Africa
Camp Sizanani is located in South Africa and serves children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Many church and mission youth programs are camp-like in nature.
Jutomu Gonoe from Liberia attended ICC 2011 in Hong Kong with assistance from the Bill Bowker Scholarship.

Asia

Asia Oceania Camping Fellowship was founded in 2004 with members from Mongolia, Malaysia, Thailand, China and Japan.
The first AOCF Congress took place in Mongolia.
The fifth AOCF Congress will take place in Sydney, Australia (October 2013).

Australia
The Australian Camps Association reports that there are over 400 camps- 240 of these in Victoria.
A study group of 8 camping professionals from 3 states undertook  a two-week study tour in the United States in October, 2005.
An International Camp Director Course (ICDC) took place in September, 2009 with 21 participants from 3 states.
There is an active ICDC faculty offering training.
The Great Aussie Camp Out (GACO) was initiated by Australian Camps Association to bring together thousands of Australians for one big night where they can share the experience of camping out under the stars.
The Australian Camps Association works to develop a direct link and voice with the government.

Canada
The Canadian Camping Association is comprised of eight provincial camping associations which include a total of about 800 camps.
The CCA offers Director training courses.
The 2008 International Camping Congress was hosted by the Association des Camps du Quebec.
A 5-year study examining the benefits of the camp experience is completed and supports the benefits of camping for children.

Europe
Camps in Central and Western Europe are old in traditions, relatively small in number with specific programs (linguistic, cultural, athletic, etc).
In Eastern Europe summer camps are still mainly under state jurisdiction.

Greece

Greek camps accommodated more than 100,000 children in 2010.
Greece has celebrated 100 years of camping.
The first summer camp for children was founded in 1911.
The Greek Private Camps Association was founded in 1983.
The Greek Camps Association was founded in 1996 and it included private, public and church camps, along with Boy and Girl Scout camps.

Japan
In 1920, organized camps came from the US through the YMCA. Western ways of singing songs in English and playing Western games were copied.  Today, Japanese culture is more integrated into camp programs.
School camping is getting very active.
More than 500 people get together annually at the National Camping Association of Japan's Conference.
Disasters prompted the NCAJ Project in providing special relief to grief-affected families.

Mexico
Many camps in the Mexican Camps Association are private and serve the upper economic segment of the population.
Some are serving social agency clients.
The government is participating in standards development.
There is an increased use of camps by school and corporate programs.

Mongolia
Mongolian Camp Association was formed to support camp directors and to foster international exchange and educational programs.
The International Climate Conference was held in June 2011.
Since October 2011 the government has started investing in camping, sponsors the MCA staff training program, supports camps in order to bring more children, works to develop laws that protect lands and camps.
The World of Leadership into Tomorrow took place in May 2012.

Russia & Commonwealth of Independent States

Russia and CIS had more than 50,000 camps in operation in 2010 with the largest numbers situated in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tyumen, Novosibirsk and Kostroma regions. Russian Camping Association.
They have a long history and tradition of camping. The first camps opened in 1916.

South America

Associacion Venezolana de Campamentos was established in 1989.
In 2005 AVC published the first book of Venezuelan camps and camping leadership, which became a vital tool for all the camps in Venezuela
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International Camp Director Course was held in Colombia in 2009.
A major camp conference (2500 delegates) takes place in Caracas every May.

Turkey

Turkish Camp Association was established in 2009.
Turkey has a relatively short history in camping. Camps are sponsored and run by government and municipal youth organizations, as well as privately on rented sites.
Inbound and outbound camping experiences are popular.
The 2014 International Camping Congress will be held in Antalya, Turkey.

Ukraine

Over 650 resident camps and 17000 day camps operate in Ukraine.  The camping association is called “Leleka”.
A hardcover directory of programs is available to all government offices and libraries.
Camps are re-opening.
Fall and winter conferences are available to all members of the Ukrainian Camps Association.

USA
More than 11 million children and adults benefit from a camp experience at approximately 12,000 camps.
In 2004 the American Camp Association launched CAMP - A Resource for Families 
Magazine and www.campparents.org website.
ACA conducted a four-year research study on camper outcomes; the largest study of camp experience ever conducted in the United States
a detailed report is available.
ACA has adopted a "20/20 Vision": 20,000 camps and 20,000,000 campers by 2020.
ACA has produced a video promotion called "Because of Camp".
ACA formed an Educational Alliance with ICF in February, 2013.
A major national conference is held by the ACA every February.